Wrestle power from the government with this blessing for your nonlegal wedding #Ceremony Advice#commitment ceremony#marriage equality#steal-this-idea#vow examples Updated May 21 2019 (Posted May 12 2015) Chris Wolfgang mswolfgang Photos by: Jenny Jimenez Photo from Molly & Laurie's Island Outdoor Lesbian Yes-We-Can Wedding by Jenny Jimenez I was browsing through Molly and Laurie's wedding photos and came across an officiant's blessing that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The couple said their vows in Washington before the state had legalized gay marriage, and their celebrant closed the ceremony with this statement: "By the power unlawfully seized by me in defiance of the State of Washington's laws prohibiting marriage equality, it is my great pleasure to declare you MARRIED!" -Roxanne, celebrant and friend of the couple Did you NOT just go, "Whoa," sort of under your breath right there? I've reread that shit like 15 times now, and I'm still getting chills. While it's true that the majority of US states have legalized gay marriage by now, I think the issue is all the more painfully relevant for those states that still don't have it. To my brides and grooms getting married out there in a state that's not quite into your wedding yet, may I encourage you to steal this incredibly powerful closing statement? GO FORTH AND CONQUER WITH YOUR LOVE. Chris Wolfgang Chris is a writer and editor in Omaha, Neb. She'll talk your ear off about independent webcomics, animated film, and Ultimate Frisbee. @chriswolfgang @mswolfgang PREVIOUS Color explodes from Kimber & Kaylee's boho wedding NEXT 3 ways San Francisco-based 43rd Ave. Photography will bring out your wedding's inner mojo Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Ooh, I love it. But I hope no one steals the wording… because I hope that in the next month, no one will have to!! Reply I might use this for our non legal handfasting! Sadly in the state of Mississippi you cant legally get Married until your 21. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.